Rabu, 01 Oktober 2014

iPad Air 2 will get a splash of gold, says report

iPad Air 2 will get a splash of gold, says report

Apple's iPad Air 2 is to follow in the footsteps of the PGEgaHJlZj0iaHR0cDovL3d3dy5ob3N0aW5na2l0YS5jb20NIiB0YXJnZXQ9Il9ibGFuayIgcmVsPSJub2ZvbGxvdyI+aVBob25lIDwvYT4=range by adding a gold colour option, a new report claims.

Citing sources familiar with Apple's plans, Bloomberg says Cupertino is pulling out the gold this year in an effort to boost declining iPad sales. The expected silver and grey options will also be available, it adds.

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  • iPad Air 2: what we want to see

Kindle First offers early access to new books, starting today

Kindle First offers early access to new books, starting today

The Kindle First service has now launched in the UK. If you're an Amazon Prime member you'll be able to read one of four pre-release Kindle Books for free.

Every month the Amazon Publishing editors will select four books, letting you pick the one you want to read before its official release date.

You'll be able to read the books on any device with a Kindle reading app installed, or ereaders such as the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. While one early release book is free every month for Amazon Prime members, it doesn't mean you'll miss out on Kindle First if you're not subscribed.

The early bird catches the book worm

If you don't have an Amazon Prime account you will still be able to select one of the featured books each month, and you'll be able to buy it for just £0.99, still a considerable saving over the usual pre-order price.

This month's books you'll be able to choose from are From the Cradle by Louise Voss and Mark Edwards, The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning, The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter by Craig Lancaster and My Sister's Grave by Robert Dugoni.

These books have a release date of November 1, so if there's a title there that you can't wait to read, Kindle First might be just what you're looking for.

  • Meet the Kindle Voyage

iOS 8.1 beta code drops Apple Pay hint for the iPhone 6, Touch ID for iPad Air 2

iOS 8.1 beta code drops an Apple Pay hint for the iPhone 6

In case users were wondering where Apple Pay was on their brand new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, it looks to be coming with iOS 8.1.

Hamza Sood, a developer with access to the iOS 8.1 beta, tweeted a screenshot revealing a new section of settings allowing users to fill in their pertinent billing information.

This includes credit or debit card numbers, addresses, phone number and email - all info that points to Apple's tap-based payment system.

In the another screenshot you can also see Apple Pay's privacy policy, which adds further evidence iOS 8.1 will include the NFC-powered payment method.

Tablet-sized wallets

Sood also claimed to have discovered another string of code revealing the iPad will get Touch ID and allow users to make purchases though apps with Apple Pay.

However, the United Kingdom-based programmer also clarified the code makes no mention of NFC. So users might not be bopping credit card machines with the iPad Air 2 or PGEgaHJlZj0iaHR0cDovL2hvc3RpbmdraXRhLmNvbQ0iIHRhcmdldD0iX2JsYW5rIiByZWw9Im5vZm9sbG93Ij5pUGFkIG1pbmkgPC9hPg==3 in the near future.

Apple Pay is slated to launch in the coming month. Meanwhile, the Cupertino is also expected to hold yet another press event where it will likely unveil the new iPads and officially launch OS X Yosemite.

Like a perfect storm of tech announcements, it seems very likely Apple will unveil its next line of tablets running the full commercial build of iOS 8.1.